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Fundraising dinner for the Oxford International Brigade memorial at the Mezzeto restaurant, 67 Walton Street, Oxford OX3 6AG, starting at 7pm. £25 for a typical Mediterranean tapas menu with a selection of dishes available and a dessert; tickets available from: Chris Farman, Priory Dene, Hudson Street, Deddington OX15 0SW (tel: 01869 336 190); cheques payable to IBMT.

Lunchtime talk: British Volunteers in the 1937 Battles of the Spanish Civil War: by Ray Wilkinson; 12.30pm-2pm in the Officers’ Mess of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers at the Tower of London. Organised by the Battlefields Trust, the event includes a sandwich lunch and a glass of wine.

‘A Tale of Two Hostels’: exhibition and presentation evening, including rare film footage, about two Cambridge buildings used to house refugees in the 1930s: the Basque refugee hostel in Station Road and the Jewish refugee hostel in Parkside. 6.30pm for 7pm at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP. Organised by the Parkside Federation and the Red Balloon Learner Centre.

Lecutre 'The Last Days of the Spanish Republic' by Paul Preston, at University of Oxford, Oxford Martin School Lecture Theatre, 34 Broad Street, Oxford, starting at 2pm. As part of the Oxford Literary Festival...

Screening at 7.30pm of Juan Antonio Bardem’s ‘Siete Días de Enero’ (‘Seven Days in January’; 1979, with English subtitles) at HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN. The film is a reconstruction of the 1977 Massacre of Atocha, when the neo-fascist La Triple A (Anti-Communist Apostolic Alliance) murdered five left-wing lawyers in an attempt to destabilise Spain’s return to democracy and provoke a coup d’état. Part of the 2017 ¡Viva!

May Day lecture in the first Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast, at 7pm. The event is taking place on the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Jarama and will include May Day greetings from Jimmy Kelly, the regional officer for Unite, plus a presentation on the history and memory of the International Brigades. For further information, contact 07751 951785.

Film: Stephen Bowles’s acclaimed documentary ‘The Guernica Children’ 7pm at the Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU, to mark 80 years since the Guernica’s aerial bombardment by Nazi war planes. Introduced by Herminio Martínez, one of the nearly 4,000 Basque refugee children who came to Britain in 1937. www.marx-memorial-library.org

‘Five Things You (Almost Certainly) Didn't Know About The Spanish Civil War’ hosted by David Ebsworth, whose second novel, ‘The Assassin’s Mark’, sees Jack Telford, a left-wing reporter, among an eccentric group of tourists on one of Franco’s battlefield tours during the civil war. 7:30pm at Prestwich Library, Manchester M25 1AY.

 

‘Five Things You (Almost Certainly) Didn't Know About The Spanish Civil War’ hosted by David Ebsworth, whose second novel, ‘The Assassin’s Mark’, sees Jack Telford, a left-wing reporter, among an eccentric group of tourists on one of Franco’s battlefield tours during the civil war. 6pm at Hwyl Llandeilo Literary Festival, at the Angel Inn, Llandeilo, SA19 6EN.

IBMT-commissioned play ‘Dare Devil Rides to Jarama’ by Neil Gore at the newly refurbished Tara Arts Theatre, Wimbledon 356 Garratt Ln, London SW18 4ES (box office: 020 8333 4457).

‘Banners for Spain’ exhibition at Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB, showcasing six newly conserved Aid Spain banners plus other artefacts from the Marx Memorial Library and Islington’s archives. Monday-Saturday (closed Wednesday) 10am-5pm; free admission.

Walk: ‘Islington in the Spanish Civil War’, exploring the lives of Islington people who played a part in the war in Spain, with a Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association guide. Meet at 11am at Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB. Free.

‘Britain and the Spanish Civil War’ talk by Professor Tom Buchanan {Oxford University), author of ‘Britain and the Spanish Civil War’ and ‘The Impact of the Spanish Civil War on Britain’. 6:30pm at Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB. Free.

Unveiling of new memorial plaque to the International Brigaders of Renfrewshire* will be unveiled at 10.30am (assemble 10am) in front of the Renfrewshire Council building on Cotton Street, Paisley PA1 1WB (opposite Paisley Abbey); all welcome.

Workshop: Join banner-maker Ed Hall to help make ‘Islington’s Banner for Spain’ about Islington’s involvement in the Spanish Civil War. The banner will go on display at Islington Museum. 10:30am-4pm, at Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB. Free.

‘Five Things You (Almost Certainly) Didn't Know About The Spanish Civil War’ hosted by David Ebsworth, whose second novel, ‘The Assassin’s Mark’, sees Jack Telford, a left-wing reporter, among an eccentric group of tourists on one of Franco’s battlefield tours during the civil war. 2-3:30pm at Beccles Library, Suffolk, NR34 9TB.

The 7th Anti-Fascist Harbour Event; topics to be covered will include Guernica, Condor Legion, Women in the Spanish Civil War and Hamburg Brigaders in the Spanish Civil War. Speeches will be translated into English during the event.

A blue plaque is to be unveiled at 12pm at Lancing Library (Penstone Park, Lancing BN15 9DL), where in 1937 Penstone House welcomed a group of refugee Basque children from northern Spain. The library will be hosting an exhibition and there will be musical entertainment and food. Speakers include Jim Jump and Manuel Moreno of the IBMT. Event organised by Lancing Parish Council.

An opportunity to explore the Marx Memorial Library’s Spanish Collection archives with Archivist & Library Manager Meirian Jump. 6pm at the Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU. Free.

Walk: ‘Islington in the Spanish Civil War’, exploring the lives of Islington people who played a part in the war in Spain, with a Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association guide. Meet at 11am at Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB. Free.

Talk by art historian Christine Lindey (Birkbeck College, University of London) on artistic responses to the Spanish Civil War, including references to Laurence Bradshaw and Julian Otto Trevelyan, the artists credited with the banners on display at Islington Museum’s ‘Banners for Spain’ exhibition. 7pm at the Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU. Free.

Public meeting 'Fighting Franco: British Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War 1936-39' at Friends' Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW, with doors opening at 7:30pm. Speakers include Professor Paul Preston, author of The Last Days of the Spanish Republic; Richard Baxell, Chair of the IBMT and author of Unlikely Warriors; Professor Valentine Cunningham, editor of The Penguin Book of Spanish Civil War Verse; and Carmen Negrin, granddaughter of Juan Negrin, the last prime minister of the Spanish Republic. Tickets are £5 on the door or £4 pre-booked.

The Oxford International Brigade Memorial Committee is inviting IBMT members to the unveiling of a memorial to the volunteers from Oxfordshire at 12pm on Saturday 10 June at St Clement’s, Oxford, at the junction of Headington Hill and Morrell Avenue.

 

Walk: ‘Islington in the Spanish Civil War’, exploring the lives of Islington people who played a part in the war in Spain, with a Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association guide. Meet at 11am at Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB. Free.

Annual George Brown Memorial Event organised by the George Brown Memorial Committee. Talks this year will cover topics including the rise of the right and of economic and social disadvantage in Ireland and the experience of the Waterford International Brigade volunteers on their return home. There will also be a music session commemorating the involvement of Irish people down the years in conflicts abroad. More details to follow.

IBMT's annual commemoration at the International Brigade memorial, located in Jubilee Gardens, on London’s Southbank, SE1. Speakers and performers this year include Michael Rosen, Maddy Carty and Na-mara. Starts at 1pm and runs for about an hour. Includes speeches, music and wreath-laying, and will be followed by an informal social plus more entertainment at the nearby Horse & Stables, 122-124 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7RW.

‘Five Things You (Almost Certainly) Didn't Know About The Spanish Civil War’ hosted by David Ebsworth, whose second novel, ‘The Assassin’s Mark’, sees Jack Telford, a left-wing reporter, among an eccentric group of tourists on one of Franco’s battlefield tours during the civil war. 2pm at Chorlton Library, Manchester M21 9PN.

IBMT Annual General Meeting in Cardiff, more details to follow.